Links of the Week (12/10/16)

Each Saturday we point you to the best preaching, leadership, and ministry content we have encountered on the internet during the week.

Links of the Week

Links of the Week

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ALL/DAY/D-Episode 14- FIVE KEYS TO A GREAT TALK – by Trevor Devage

5 Powerful Ways Becoming A Morning Person Unlocks Your Leadership – by Carey Nieuwhof

Becoming a morning person has allowed me to accomplish WAY (I mean WAY) more than I used to as a former night owl. Get more done. Feel better. Become a morning person!

Presentation Lessons from a Pro – by David Grossman

One of my favorite articles in Harvard Business Review is from Chris Anderson, curator of TED. It’s entitled “How to Give a Killer Presentation,” and it draws from 30 years of learnings since the first TED conference.

Five Reasons Preachers Should Listen to Hip Hop – by Dan Dewitt

In his book The Artist’s Way of Preaching, Charles Denison says, “Most people do not read poetry, but the preacher should!” I wholeheartedly agree. But I will go a step further, I think preachers should listen to poetry as well.

Why You Should Become an Intimate Speaker – by Nick Morgan

One of the unintended consequences of our new, amazing, super-convenient virtual world, where everything (almost everything) is a few clicks away, is that it robs us of real closeness.  More than that:  by spending time online we lose out on intimacy.  Facebook, your favorite airline rewards program, and even Amazon take away that real closeness as fast as they offer us faux intimacy.  This world knows who our friends are!  It knows the kind of seat and meal we want!  It can recommend books to us that we might want to buy!

My Top 10 Books of 2016 – by Russell Moore

The title is a bit of a misnomer, since I am not claiming that these are necessarily the best books of 2016. They are, rather, books that were particularly meaningful to me in this past year. One of the things that I noticed was that this was a bad year, in my view, for fiction and poetry. I read a lot of both, but they were from old books I was returning to once again. The new fiction I read this year was mostly dreadful, including Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am, which I didn’t finish.

10 Ways I Keep My Passion to Pastor – by Dave Barringer

If you are a pastor who is struggling with your passion, then I am writing this to encourage you.

I love being a pastor. And, more specifically, I love pastoring Kfirst.

What is Biblical Preaching? A New Series, starting with Kyle Idleman (via Ed Stetzer)

As early as Acts 2, Luke wrote that Christians were devoted to, “the apostles’ teaching,” which has at least something to do with what we would call “biblical preaching” today. Many scholars believe that much of the New Testament came from sermons that first were preached then written down to form our Bible. And before that, Jesus’s own ministry was marked by His preaching (Matthew 4:17, 23; Matthew 5-7; Mark 1:15; Luke 11 – just to name a few).

Coming soon!

Rookie Preacher Articles

5 Ways to Pray For Your Sermon – by Joe Hoagland

The Guaranteed Way of Finding Out Who Lives in Your Community – by Peter Walters

Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Lead Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.


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